Fire officials said they still aren’t sure what caused a fire that engulfed a home in North End Dartmouth yesterday.
The house at 5 Parkstone Rd. reportedly went up in flames around 12 a.m. yesterday. No one was inside when emergency crews arrived on the scene.
“There were no injuries, and the fire was knocked down,” said Fire Services platoon chief Gary McCurdy. “There was some evidence that somebody was staying there, but I don’t know if they were living there on a regular basis.”
Insurance adjusters walked around the property yesterday afternoon, inspecting the charred shell of the building, which appeared to be divided into separate upper and lower-level living areas. Most of the windows had been shattered or blown out, and the back entrance had been reduced to a gaping black hole.
A woman at the scene said her mother lives in the house next door, and that she suffered a heart attack after witnessing the blaze.
“The firefighters that were here gave her oxygen, she’s doing OK.” said the woman, who did not wish to be identified.
“It’s the second time this year that place has caught fire.”
Initial reports indicated that an explosion may have taken place inside the home, but police spokesman Sgt. Michael Spurr said that may simply have been the sound of the windows popping out under intense heat and pressure.
According to Spurr, no charges have been laid in connection with the blaze, and the fire department is currently handling the investigation
“The fire department is sending some (evidence) away, so we’re going to rely on what they come up with,” said Spurr. “Then we may get involved.”